‘Canes add strong player to roster from Bahamas
August 6, 2014
The Holland Hurricanes have added Lavaughn Ferguson to their roster for the upcoming school year. Ferguson, from Nassau, Bahamas, will be entering his first year in the Sport & Leisure Management Program. He will see action as a pitcher for the ‘Canes as well as some time playing in the outfield.
He’s been on Prince Edward Island for a week now, his initial thoughts; “I like the area a lot, the people are very nice. It’s been a very comfortable setting so far, the facilities are great and I’m feeling great in my new surroundings”.
The 6’1”, 190 lbs. athlete was a member of the Bahamas National men’s baseball team before leaving for P.E.I. Last year he was a part of the winning team of the Andre Rodgers National Baseball Championships in the Bahamas where he pitched in the championship game. The tournament features the best players in the country.
The most noteworthy accomplishment on Ferguson’s resume would be his two Major League Baseball training camp invites.
In 2011 he was invited to attend the Miami Marlins training camp but was unable to attend due to an injury.
He since was invited to the Minnesota Twins training camp in Fort Myers, Florida which he did attend as an outfielder. Upon being released Ferguson chose to return to the Bahamas and play on their national team following his tryout.
He says his biggest playing highlight was in a game against the Mexican national team where he made a catch at the wall to steal a home run away late in the tournaments championship game; the Bahamas went on to win the game and the tournament.
Head Coach Andrew MacNevin is pleased with the new addition to the roster.
“Lavaughn has tremendous physical tools and will be a major impact player for our program. On the mound his velocity ranges in the mid to upper 80’s with a fluid arm action and high ceiling. On the field he is a slick fielding outfielder with exceptional speed and maintains good pop in his bat. We’re very high on Lavaughn and we look forward to his exciting style of play added to our program.”
Ferguson knows his strengths; and he likes to play to them.
“My strengths as a pitcher would be my IQ. I like to strategize on the mound and outthink batters. The coaching staff mentioned I’d see some time in the outfield too which is my natural position. My athleticism allows me to be a strong defensive player”, Ferguson shared. “I like to compare myself to an Andrew McCutchen or Curtis Granderson type of player”.
“At the plate I would classify myself as a contact hitter. I look to get the ball in play and use my speed to get on base. I like to attack and be aggressive at bat”.
With the Hurricanes training camp still over three weeks away, Ferguson will stay busy by working out with the ‘Canes coaching staff and get into any game situations that he can.
This Friday at 7:30pm at Memorial Field Ferguson will pitch for the Charlottetown Islanders in an exhibition game versus the PEI Junior Team.
“I’m just going to work at being prepared for the fall and do what I can to help our team win. I’m excited to meet my teammates and gel with them and get a feel for everyone’s personalities and their game day routines. Together we’re going to try to do something special this season on the ball field”, said Ferguson.
The Hurricanes will begin their training camp on Saturday, August 30th at Memorial Field before beginning their season on Saturday, September 6th in Halifax versus the St. Mary’s Huskies.
The Hurricanes first home game takes place on Saturday, September 20th in a double-header at Memorial Field versus the Cape Breton University Capers.
The Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association’s Atlantic Conference also includes the Dalhousie Tigers, UNB Cougars and St. FX X-Men.
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